Atira West (her first name is her grandmother’s name, Rita, spelled backward, with an A added) is a digital advertising specialist for the Post. She was born and raised in New Jersey and majored in clinical science at Ithaca College. She moved to Long Beach on the auspicious day of June 18, 2018, the very day the Post re-launched. West lives in Long Beach’s Willmore district with her fiancé. Their marriage date will be another auspicious one: Feb. 29.